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Bachelor of ArtsEducation: Secondary Ed. Mathematics (5-12)

Majoring in Secondary Education involves the study of pedagogy, or the method and practice of teaching. You’ll develop the skills and insights to become a middle school or high school teacher and lifelong learner. Concordia offers variety of specialties so you can customize your major to the subject area in which you would like to teach: Communication Arts/Literature (Grade 5-12), Health (Grade 5-12), Math (Grade 5-12), Social Studies (Grade 5-12), Chemistry (Grade 9-12), or Life Science (Grade 9-12).

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Education: Secondary Ed. Mathematics (5-12) Curriculum Overview

Students who complete this major are eligible to apply to the Minnesota Department of Education for a teaching credential in mathematics (grades 9 through 12). Passage of standardized examinations of content and pedagogy are also required. This major is done in conjunction with the BS in Mathematics Degree.

General Education Prerequisites
Course ID Course Name Credit Hours
PSY - 101 Introduction to Psychology 4

This course introduces the scientific study of behavior and mental processes. Psychological, behavioral, cognitive, humanistic, psychodynamic and social-cultural perspectives are explored. Topics such as scientific method, statistical reasoning, neuroscience, learning, cognitive processes, development, psychological adjustment, therapy, social psychology, diversity and community are studied.

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REQUIRED: Prereq to Admission to Teacher Edu: 10 Credits
Course ID Course Name Credit Hours
ED - 201 Foundations & Intro to Edu 3
PSY - 220 Adolescent Psychology 4
ED - 336 Educational Psychology 3

Concordia's teacher education program and its conceptual framework are introduced to students in this course. This course introduces students to the philosophical, historical, sociological, and legal foundations upon which current educational theory and practice is constructed. During the duration of the course students need to register for required MTLE Basic Skills Test (additional fee). A 15-hour field experience that satisfies a portion of the university's human relations requirement is included. Admission to Program is an outcome including development of efolio and admittance to program interview.

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This course examines developmental phenomena of adolescence, its physiological, emotional, cognitive, parent-child, social, vocational and religious dimensions, with opportunity for personal exposure to youth's needs and interacting societal institutions. (Prerequisite: PSY101)

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This course applies the basic principles of human development and behavior to the classroom situation. Emphasis is given to the teacher education conceptual framework, theoretical backgrounds in learning, and their application to the classroom. Topics include the characteristics of children, student variability, educational planning and instructional objectives, classroom management and assessment. A 15 hour field experience that satisfies a portion of the university's human relations requirement is included.

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Prerequisites to Student Teaching: 16 credits
Course ID Course Name Credit Hours
MAT - 330 Advanced Prob & Stats 4
ED - 346 Effective Middle School Teach 2
ED - 347 Effective Secondary Teacher 2
ED - 351 Teaching 9-12 Mathematics 4
ED - 439 The Inclusive Classroom 2
ED - 475 Teaching 5-8 Math 1
ED - 487 Reading Across Content Areas 3
KHS - 470 Health Education for Teachers 2

This course is a Calculus-based look at Probability and Statistics. Assuming students have been exposed to the basics through an introductory course, this course will build upon that experience. Topics include an in depth investigations of probability, discrete and continuous random variables, parameter estimation, hypothesis testing, inference using the normal and binomial distributions, goodness of fit, regression and correlation, and ANOVA. The course will include a statistical software component. (Prerequisites: Minimum grade of C- in MAT145 and MAT110)

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The historical, sociological, psychological and philosophical aspects of the middle school are studied. Discussion and activities focus on the purposes, functions and implications of the curriculum and the learner. Students explore middle school teaching practice and student learning in the classroom and current middle school organization and practice. (Prerequisite: admission to Teacher Education Program)

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This course provides a study of the purposes, history, philosophy, organization, operation, students, curriculum, teaching practices, and current problems of secondary schools in the United States. Emphasis is on the knowledge and skills necessary to teach effectively in a secondary school. (Prerequisite: admission to Teacher Education Program)

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This course emphasizes the content and methods for teaching secondary mathematics. The course includes curriculum design, effective instructional strategies, methods of using technology to enhance student learning, procedures for assessment of student learning, and a high school field experience. (Pre-requisite: Admission to Teacher Education Program, MAT110 and MAT135)

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Prospective educators are introduced to legislation and practices related to the inclusion of students with unique learning needs into regular classrooms. Topics include the classroom teacher's role is assessing, developing, and implementing unique learning experiences and managing group and individual behaviors. A 15-hour field experience that satisfies a portion of the university's human relations requirement is included. (Prerequisite: upper level standing)

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This course provides opportunities to develop an understanding of the content of middle school mathematics programs and formulate a teaching methodology for the meaningful learning of mathematics by middle school students. Students will be challenged to reflect on their personal views of mathematics, on how middle school children learn mathematics and on classroom environments that help middle school children understand mathematics. Teaching from a problem-solving perspective and making communication, reasoning and connections the primary foci of mathematics learning will be central to the course.(Prerequisite: admission to Teacher Education Program.)

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The range of standardized and informal assessment options will be studied. Techniques will include the administration of procedures including analyzing data and making instructional and placement decisions. Communication of results to students' parents, caregivers and other professionals; impact on career skills affecting employability; and ethical issues will be discussed. (Prerequisite to Student Teaching.)

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This course investigates personal and community health issues facing society and especially children. The National Health Education Standards and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Priority Health Risk Behaviors are addressed. (Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education Program)

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Student Teaching: 16 Credits
Course ID Course Name Credit Hours
ED - 471 Student Teaching 4

Student teaching provides direct teaching experience for students to develop the understanding, skills, and dispositions necessary for implementing developmentally appropriate practices in classrooms for young children. Typically, students are assigned to work with two cooperating teachers in two different classrooms for one full semester. Seminars are held on campus and a capstone portfolio is required. (Birth-Grade 3 Practicum.)

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Requirements

Bachelor of Arts degrees at Concordia University, St. Paul consists of a major of typically 32 to 44 credits or two minors, general education courses, and elective courses totaling a minimum of 128 credits.

Meet Your Professors

Dr. Robert Krueger Chair of Department of Mathematics & Computer Science

Krueger offers not only an expert knowledge of mathematics to Concordia students, he also strives to make each student’s experience as rewarding as possible.

Dr. Sarah Jahn Associate Professor of Mathematics

Sarah is passionate about helping students reach their mathematical potential and mentoring future mathematics teachers. She strives to support and challenge each student to increase both their appreciation of mathematics and their proficiency in mathematics.

Lonn Maly Dean, College of Education & Science

Lonn Maly is a graduate of Concordia University who worked for 14 years as a teacher and a principal in Lutheran schools in Michigan and Southern California.

Career Potential

  • Public School Teacher (9-12)
  • Private School Teacher (9-12)

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